Following multiple comments at the Sept. 28 Clermont City Council meeting regarding the lack of decorum this past year to year-and-a-half — comments that at times punctuated with heated exchanges during public comments and sometimes among council members themselves — the Oct. 12 city council…

TAVARES — The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County is hosting a Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Sale from 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday at Discovery Gardens, located at the Lake County Extension Center, 1951 Woodlea Road.

Following on the heels of its successful SwampFest! Celebration — which attracted more than several hundred attendees, Groveland-Mascotte American Legion Post 239 is now gearing up for its next free, fun and exciting event, Trunk or Treat.

Residents of Lake County can now report potholes, street flooding, sign damage and other concerns related to road conditions through the Road Reporter app.

At this year’s National Night Out, which was held Oct. 5, Clermont Police Chief Charles Broadway, who has been organizing the event for years, received a pleasant shock when he became the inaugural recipient of the United Way Star of Service Award. It was a secret that event organizers kept …

Even before Walt Disney World’s grand opening in 1971, Florida was a vacation hotspot for tourists. Warm weather and unique attractions had people from all around flock to the sunshine state. Somewhere in the middle of U.S. 27 in the early 1960s, surrounded by orange groves, sat a White Hous…

The Cal Ripken, Sr.  Foundation, based in Baltimore, Md., and Niagara Cares, the philanthropic arm of California-based Niagara Bottling, partnered Sept. 28-Oct. 1 to provide two Lake County schools with new equipment and improvements to community spaces; Niagara Bottling has a facility in Gr…

A female pine cone rests on the ground; male pine cones are much smaller, soft and spongy. It is likely the pine cone pictured above remained on the branch of a pine tree following pollination (usually two to three years) before falling to the ground. 

Other than acting interim city manager Scott Davidoff’s congratulatory comment on how well received the recent Sips ‘n’ Salsa festival was, with more than 8,000 people estimated having attended, just about the only matter that didn’t fan the flame of emotions at the Sept. 28 Clermont City Co…

Orlando Health South Lake Hospital officially broke ground on the construction site for its new patient tower. Lake County elected officials and community members joined Orlando Health South Lake team members and clinical staff in celebrating the first milestone of the hospital’s expansion p…

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Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays is alerting Lake County voters to unofficial mailings from parties not affiliated with the Lake County Supervisor of Elections office. In the coming days, two organizations will have mailed information to voters that is confusing as well as frustrating. 

Despite a bolt of lightning and a tremendously loud clap of thunder approximately two hours into the eight-hour long Sips ‘n’ Salsa festival held Sept. 18 at Waterfront Park in Clermont, people turned out and stayed, enjoying offerings from a variety of food trucks, events such as chihuahua …

It was good news at the Sept. 21 Minneola City Council meeting, when it was announced that the Fiscal Year 2021-22 millage rate will be 5.9, which is lower than the state allowed millage rate of 6.2836.

American Legion Post 55 has concluded its first year sponsoring the Cobras, its American Legion baseball program team. The post looks forward to next season under Coach Rick Thomas. 

If this squirrel could sing, that probably would be the lyrics being wailed away on with this version of “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,” from the Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern musical, “Showboat.” 

Olympian Damu Cherry-Mitchell of Star Athletic LLC (right) was the keynote speaker at the Sept. 17 Chamber Breakfast in the Clermont City Center. She welcomed local Olympian Kaylin Whitney, who won a gold and bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics this summer. Whitney received a standing ovation…

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Constitution Day was celebrated by members of the Daughters of the American Revolution nationwide this past Sept. 17. Across the United States, members gathered to ring a bell at 4 p.m., EST, for one full minute, to mark the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. In Lake County…

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The public had more to say than did council members themselves at the Sept. 20 public meeting of the Groveland City Council, starting with Amanda Traywick, chair of the Recreation Advisory Committee, who spoke about the state of progress — actually, lack of progress — regarding Cherry Lake Park.

Although Sept. 11 is remembered as a day of tragedy, it is also a day of celebration. Even 20 years later, new life coming forth is an occasion to rejoice. This past Sept.11, Archer Templin marked his first birthday, and what better way to celebrate it than with a cake designed as the shield…

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